On reading, commitment and ‘having time’: today.

On reading, commitment and 'having time': my weekly wonders.

Since I wrote my last blog post on the 3 wonders of that day, I’ve thought on many other days, what would my 3 wonders be today?

Today…

1. Reading

Such a wonder.  I have a new reader in my house and he is making sense of sounds in language and following symbols on the page, feeling pleasure in the sense of it and frustration when a sentence doesn’t run like well rehearsed music.

At night this week, I am sneaking to bed early because I’m having a great love affair with the novel Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.

burial rites at night

My grandfather, Gumboot preached, “read at least half an hour a day of fiction because it is good for you”.  Agreed.

2.  Commitment

This is about goals and about veracity.  There is much uncertainty in commitment to a cause or a relationship or being true to yourself.  I think commitment can be damaged.

As a wonder in my day, I’ve imagined commitment as stone,  some bits crumbled and chipped away at.  New stones can restore a stone wall.  The same stones can be used to build something quite different.

So my metaphorical “wall”, is a novel draft, and drafted again.  What’s your “wall”?  A health goal, are you experiencing a relationship shake?

Commitment then is about reinforcing the value you place on something continually (for me it is writing a novel with a deadline).  I’m writing every day now, with that commitment in mind.  It has taken a long while to build to this.

Age, wear and tear, or misuse can make stones tumble.  Commitments to goals, relationships; there are crushing moments along with the heartening.  They are foundations to build upon.  Stronger the next time.  Each stone replaced in a better place to succeed in restoring the wall, how you like it.

I pledge commitment to the goal of having the manuscript as polished as I can by May 31st, 2014.  Wobble wobble.

3.  Time

Tick.

There are pockets of time in the day for everything that you want to do.

Tock.

You can find time early in the morning before sunrise to write.

Tick.

Even walk before breakfast.

Tickety Tock.  I’m regularly using the alarm on my clock to see the purple light of the morn’!

sunrise

 

I hope your wonders are plentiful today.

 

 

 

 

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Celebrating Aussie boozers on the bottom island: my blog post

Australia Day, on the bottom island

I’m continually pumped full of story ideas after dipping into the wild spots of Tasmania.  Here is a short “Aussie day” excerpt from my new short story “Ritual Camp”, dreamed up at Sandy Cape.  A very Tasmanian tale, for Australia Day.

 “My people; there is verification of us, our time here at the camp site.  Dull aluminium rings that rip a mouth hole into a beer can; they’re everywhere.  Shells and fish bones, coal fire places and chequered wheel ruts.  A sign we’ve been continuing to visit our summer camp on the coast.

It is mid- afternoon and my sister hands me the first beer of the day.  We’ve hydrated with tea and the kids have nailed a quarter of a watermelon and are back in the dust building roads with their plastic machinery and a man-size shovel.  The crack, then hollow hiss and spewing tide of beer bubbles is reminiscent of where the tannin- stained creek meets the ocean foam at Sandy Cape.  All feels right in the world but we wouldn’t know otherwise…”

5 secret signs you are a Superwoman

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Love of Place

Women with a passion for their homes, gardens and the greater community and landscape around them are super charged with a sense of pride.  This extends to greater care for visitors to their home or ‘place’.  More careful food choices for the communal table; like greens from the garden or a local producer are the norm.  Many superwomen are green thumbs or love going bush.  They know some native flora, even recognise resident fauna that visit their patch.

These super ladies often exhibit local fashion; adorned with beads and hang a friends print on their living room wall.  This love of place also presents a personal dimension to issues related to the environment; whether it be the necessity of a thermo- mix in the home kitchen to grind the excessive rocket to pesto, or debating the allocation of precious wilderness to mining in the back hills.  Both topics might bring about emotive arguments.  Stomped feet to the ground.  For the Tarkine!  You might hear one shout.

Creativity (behind closed doors) or out loud.

It’s a little piece of wonder when one of your contemporaries emerges from their home into the public eye with something home- made.  Be it a new pocket smock dress, a rich family recipe Christmas cake or resin bead jewellery; it’s always bloody brilliant.  This is the realm of a super woman.  They don’t flaunt; only do their best and are quietly stoked about how it all came together.

Superwomen don’t bat out of their league, they are champions by getting out on the field.

Even runny cherry jam is beautiful in a tart.  Lopsided hemlines, reminiscent of cat-walk trends.

Working Class Woman

A super woman finds value in a working world, with a steeliness about her ‘work’ ways. For superwomen, adaptability when faced with the conflicting demands of parenthood versus career ambition comes naturally over time.  A super woman knows where the needle rests on her own scales.  She often plummets desperately in one direction then immediately rebalances herself. Parenting is a wobbly lifestyle and a working one at that.

The super working woman evokes images of a frontier woman; wielding an iron fire poker, surrounded by exuberant children with animals to feed and threads to mend.

A contemporary image is more fuzzy with woman reimagining parenting, freedom at work and children in arranged care.  Many still tend to fierce loving values at home and some grab rare moments to make work of their own from this same family space.  Either way there is super power in women who reign their decision to work; and to parent or not to parent at all; living well in rich soils.

Superwomen have accomplices.

Superwomen learn from really listening, spending real time with others and intimately knowing other women within and beyond their familial ties.  Collected moments add layers to friendships and small kind gestures are common trade.  Accomplices are like good spirits that can top up your glass; give you a warm buzz; soothe you when you are weary.  Superwomen are good friends and surrounded by such.

Men are wonderful accomplices for super woman too; of course.  Sweet lovin’ helps bind the best mates, but then there is also good chat. Words spoken with no boundaries; opinions, dreams.

Accomplices are like nectar for super women.

Mind over matter; matters.

Super women wear their strengths like an invisible tool belt for success.  Many have a knack for pulling out words that have healing properties, to soothe others.  Some have such clever minds that they can make scientific discoveries or study new topics to aid health or give momentum to the business world, and others pick up the pieces with superb skills in service.

They may carry totemic words of wisdom “top of mind” and ensure their bodies are well fuelled and fit giving them a perceived capability that really does carry them through their tasks, even leaving enough energy to assist others.  Super women also know by heart, how best to nurture themselves.

Superwomen exude a power that works magic into their day to day lives.

 

Note from the author:

Share any Super woman ingredients that you know add up. Below the gallery, if you please!  This is coming from observations of a 30 something woman in Tasmania.  There are great oceans of unique people and places; maybe some exotic ingredients would add flavour to this mix?  Love to read some ideas from all.